Hello Film Fans! This weekend, 6 Degrees Round-Up looks at some of the past Oscar winners as well as the current Best Picture nominees list. And one of our favorite film writers from Forbes, Scott Mendelson, talks about the Cinematic power struggle that is taking place in our new world order of Cinema.
The New Cinematic Order
With Scott Mendelson’s first sentence, it’s a declaration of sorts about the way that it plays out for most Hollywood genres in the new Cinema Order of Dominance. Not only does China dominate in terms of market share and box office gross, but the old order of genres has been supplanted by the comic book movies from DC and Marvel. Any remaining categories are swallowed up by Disney, the elephant in the room in regard to the movies to keep on the radar. Cruella is the latest origin story from Disney, starring Emma Stone as the villainess with a love for Dalmation coats.
Obscure Oscars: The Best Picture Nominees
The new list for Best Picture nominees is comprised of some of the least well-known movies in the history of Oscar. Nomadland is one that has received a lot of critical praise. Other films in the group include Judas and the Black Messiah, Trial of the Chicago 7, Minari, Mank, The Father and Promising Young Woman. The final Best Picture nominee, Sound of Metal, made just $100,000 in ticket sales this past year. The Academy will announce the winners on Sunday April 25th and again this year, there is no official guest host for the evening.
Top ten on Turner: Oscar worthy film list
Turner Classic is trotting out their month-long Oscar worthy pictures with both nominees and some eventual winners included. A top ten list recommended for viewing from 6 Degrees includes;
- My Favorite Year: With Peter O’ Toole playing a self-parody of himself and other movie stars who may have swash-buckled their way to fame and fortune.
- To Be or Not to Be: This was comedienne and actress Carole Lombard’s last film and it’s a classic comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch and co-stars Jack Benny.
- The Search is one of Montgomery Clift’s earlier films, and it’s worth seeing just to watch his acting style mature. And even with an albeit at times syrupy story, there are some moving moments in this tale of a young boy who has lost contact with his parents during World War II. Clift is the soldier who takes him in and helps him cope through the sadness of an apocalyptic landscape centered in post-war Europe.
- On the Waterfront features a young Marlon Brando acting without the added baggage of the Tennessee Williams’ play on his back. Brando is excellent in the part of a young man whose older brother, played by Rod Steiger, helps to run an operation of mob-connected, Union-busting thugs that dominate the docks and workers who try to buck the system.
- The Miracle Worker features an exceptional performance not only from a young Patty Duke, but the incomparable Anne Bancroft, who plays her teacher and savior, the unflappable woman named Anne Sullivan who is trying desperately to break through to a young child. That child is Helen Keller, who is faced with challenges of not only deafness but blindness as well.
- A Man for all Seasons is one of the rare films that swept the Academy Award field with nominations and winners. Best Actor for Paul Scofield, Best Picture of the Year and won Oscars for Best Director, screenplay and cinematography. The other film sweeps included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, It Happened One Night, Ben-Hur and Titanic.
- Judgment at Nuremberg featured an all-star cast that included Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift and Spencer Tracy. The real-life story was so compelling, as with many of the stories on this list, because it combined fiction with elements of truth from the actual events of the Nuremberg trials.
- Inherit the Wind also stars Spencer Tracy in a fictionalized play that used the real-life elements of the Scopes Monkey Trial, the famous courtroom drama where Evolution was on trial.
- For something completely different: A Hard Days Night was so different at the time it was made, and it still stands out as one of the best rock musical films ever made. The documentary style elements of the black and white film worked so well because it was released in an era when New Wave Cinema gave us films like Breathless and 8 ½. The Beatles were a new phenomenon and the hysteria surrounding their appearances were captured and still resonate a half-century later.
Voyagers is a sci- fi thriller film that is reviewed on Ebert and in other online sites in 6 Degrees Magazine this week. The 25th Anniversary of the film for “Foodies”- The Big Night is marked with a review on RogerEbert.com. And Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his much-anticipated new film based on his Broadway hit, In the Heights. Check it out this week in 6 Degrees of Film! Till next time, see you at the movies!-ML
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